Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Dr. Stefanie A. Schultis
Women and Men
Regenerative medicine is the branch of medicine that develops methods to regrow, repair or replace damaged or diseased cells, organs or tissues. Regenerative medicine includes the use of platelet rich plasma (prp injections.)
Stefanie A. Schultis, M.D., has been providing PRP therapy to her patients for several years. It is quickly changing the world of health that has transformed the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
It's like turning back the clock, and what was old and damaged is repaired and made new. It's the essence of regenerative medicine, and the beauty of it is the PRP procedure uses what your body has produced, so your body will readily accept the treatment without reaction or rejection. PRP injections are minimally invasive and, typically, patients experience very little discomfort with no down time.
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What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
PRP involves using your own cells that are not modified or changed, and it will not be rejected by your immune system.
Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells, and autologous blood products that contain essential and specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing.
PRP contains special cells called Platelets Inside the Platelets that are many intracellular structures such as glycogen, lysosomes and alpha granules. These granules within the PRP contain clotting and growth factors that are eventually released during the healing and repair process.
A PRP treatment begins with a simple blood draw and can be completed within an hour. Your blood is spun in a unique centrifuge that separates plasma and platelets from the rest of the blood.
The plasma, now highly concentrated with rich platelets, is collected in syringes and is injected back into your tissues where it's needed. The growth factors stimulate stem cells to create new, youthful tissue in areas like the face and in sex organs, muscles and joints.
#1 PRP is not as new as you may think.
Although it is only in recent years that PRP therapy has hit the news and become more widely known, it has been around for over two decades now. Back in 1987 platelet-rich plasma was first used in heart surgery.
#2 There is no risk of it being rejected by the body.
The key to the acceptance and rejection of blood is the antigens that exist in the blood cells. The important thing to note that you can always accept your own blood because it will be the same blood type as the rest of your blood. Hence, by using your own blood for treatment, the risks of rejection are diminished!